A spa featuring nature’s colors and smells
This unique type of dye is obtained thanks to a safe-guarded ancestral technique from the Aymara culture, in this case, and from other South American indigenous peoples, who take advantage of the enticing colors of the native flora.
“Everything is done by hand and with respect for biodiversity. From the collection of material to the creation of the product, we take the time necessary for the color to reveal its beauty and become the main attraction of whichever product it is used for,” said Claudia Salinas, founder of Kallfü (blue in Mapudungun), a business dedicated to the extraction of natural dyes.
In their Uma Spas, Tierra Hotels offer guests the experience of bathing in nature’s colors and smells with Maqui- and Goldenrod-pigmented salts.
Golden rod is a small herbaceous plant with yellow flowers sprouting from its branches. Its name comes from the Latin word solidare meaning “to strengthen” in reference to its medicinal properties.
The Maqui is a tree indigenous to the sub-Antarctic forests of Chile and Argentina. Its edible fruit is spherical and is a deep, brilliant violet-black in color. The Mapuche people use it extensively as a natural medicine and as part of a long tradition of dying their textiles and other decorative pieces.
“We invite our guests to relax and experience the pleasure of connecting with nature. Putting ourselves directly in contact with these ancestral, cultural elements allows us to discover them more completely,” says Joyce Sommerfield, Continuous Improvement Manager for Tierra Hotels.